To add variety to a gerbil’s diet, many gerbil owners give them little treats a few times a week. Usually, this is small portions of fruits or vegetables as these have some nutritional benefits for these animals. However, fruits and vegetables are not the only options if you want to give your gerbil diversity in their diet. Another option that many gerbil owners consider is giving their gerbil a small piece of bread as this is a food they enjoy themselves. So, is this a safe treat to give to your gerbil or not?
Can Gerbils Eat Bread?
Gerbils can eat bread, but It is best to avoid giving them white bread as this is high in salt and sugar and these substances are both harmful to gerbils. However, a small portion of white bread occasionally will not do significant harm to your pet. Wholemeal and granary bread are a better option as they have less harmful substances in them and have some nutritional benefits for gerbils. Therefore, you can safely give these varieties of bread as a treat every now and again.
Nutritional Values of Bread and How Does This Benefit a Gerbil’s Diet?
The nutritional values of bread vary depending on the type of bread. The information that follows refers to the nutritional values for 100g wholemeal bread.
- Calories- 78 kcal
- Fat- 0.7g
- Carbohydrates- 13.7g
- Protein- 3.6g
Wholemeal bread has less salt and sugar than white bread, so it is less harmful to gerbils. It is a good source of dietary fiber, so it has nutritional benefits for gerbils.
How Much and How Often Can You Feed Bread to a Gerbil?
It is better to avoid giving a gerbil white bread, although a small piece occasionally is unlikely to do them too much harm. You can give your gerbil a small cube of wholemeal bread once or twice a week as this has less salt and sugar than white bread and is a good source of dietary fiber for your gerbil. You should never give your gerbil bread that has gone moldy or is starting to smell as this will make your gerbil poorly.
Wholemeal bread is a good option if you want to vary the treats you give to your gerbil. However, it is best to avoid giving gerbils white bread or to give them this only very rarely because of the salt and sugar it contains.